In just three short days, I will be packing my bags and heading Northeast with only one destination in mind…a state championship!
As most of you know, I am one of the assistant coaches of the Bucklin High School volleyball team, and last Saturday we laid it all on the line in the Sub-State championship game to win a close match against Spearville.
As I mentioned in For the Love of the Game, when Coach Wyrick asked me last year to help him, I was hesitant to say yes – I wanted to take the position badly, but did not know how the girls would perceive me. My hesitation went out of the window the first day of practice last year and it is nowhere to be seen nowadays.
These girls have worked their butts off, putting in countless hours and playing through pain and sickness to get to where they are today and I cannot even begin to tell you how proud I am of them. I love walking into the gym every day to seeing their smiling faces and sharing my knowledge of the game I care so much about.
I hope that I have been able to help them these past two years as much as they have helped me. These girls helped reignite the spark and the love of the game of volleyball that I have, but never thought I would be apart of again…that is before last year. They have helped me grow and be more confident in who I am and I cannot thank these girls enough for that.
We head into the State Tournament ranked #7 and will face Hoxie, Centralia and Waverly in pool play. I am not going to lie when I say it will be tough, but I have complete trust and faith in my girls. They will play their hardest, once again leaving it all on the line…not leaving Hays without a state title in our suitcase!